Pretoria – DA mayoral candidate in Tshwane Randall Williams yesterday quashed claims that he was involved in the awarding of a controversial project management tender to GladAfrica engineering consultancy firm in November 2017.
The multimillion-rand contract, sought to help the City of Tshwane with the roll-out of its infrastructure projects, was found to have been irregularly awarded by the auditor-general last year in January.
Allegations of Williams’s involvement in the contract were brought up by the ANC regional leader Dr Kgosi Maepa.
The latter also claimed Williams participated in the awarding of an R18billion tender to Aurecon South Africa for managing municipal buildings.
“The DA and Randall Williams (mayoral candidate) have just sent me a letter from lawyers that I must not tell anyone that Randall was MMC and leader of government business in council who processed both the R12bn GladAfrica and Aurecon R18bn corruption,” he tweeted on Tuesday.”
Williams hit back by labelling him a liar, who was hell-bent on making the DA look bad.
“He is playing politics and he wants to show up that the DA is bad, which is not true. You don’t slander someone to play politics, you should play a clean game.
“What I am saying is that what he is saying is not the truth, because that is not the role of the leader of executive business. He is being malicious.”
Williams said he wrote a letter to Maepa because he wanted to set the record straight about his previous role as leader of government business in council.
“I have sent him a letter. It is not litigation. It is to inform him that it is not true what he is saying and, secondly, if he claims he has evidence then he must go to the police and produce the evidence but don’t slander someone and at the end of the day you don’t produce evidence.”
He said as leader of executive business he would prepare a list of late and urgent reports to serve before programme committee meetings attended by all political parties.
“If there are any issues in the report, the political parties have an opportunity to raise issues before the reports are tabled in council. I don’t know how I became involved with tenders.”
The purpose of his letter to Maepa was to put it out there in public that he was not telling the truth.
“He is trying to create another type of perception and we need to counter the perception that what he is telling is not truth.”
Attempts to reach Maepa proved fruitless as his phone was on voicemail.